Azure at KubeCon Europe 2024 | Paris, France - March 19-22
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Are you as excited as we are for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2024? We can't wait and hope you'll join us for some awesome Microsoft Azure KubeCon + CloudNativeCon related events and activities happening in Paris.


Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Essentials Day (March 18): New for this KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, we’ve added an in-person, hands-on, introductory workshop for those just getting started with AKS. The full-day event will be in Paris on March 18. Registration is required for this free event and space is limited. Learn more and register.


Azure Day with Kubernetes (March 19): Join our Microsoft experts in-person in Paris on Tuesday, March 19 from 9am to 5pm for an exclusive opportunity to learn best practices for building cloud-native and intelligent apps with Kubernetes on Azure. Registration is required for this free event and space is limited. Learn more and register.


KubeCon + CloudNativeCon (March 20-22):

And of course, swing by our Microsoft Azure booth #G1 from March 20th to 22nd! We'll have short sessions and demos on all things cloud native and AI, an Xbox Forza racing competition with a chance to win some cool prizes, and some sweet swag. Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Brendan Burn’s latest Kubernetes Best Practices book when you visit the Microsoft booth!


See below for full details on our KubeCon sessions and booth theater presentations.


Sponsored Keynote

Date: March 20th 

Start Time: 9:40am CET

End Time: 9:45am CET

Room: Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | Paris Room

Title: Build an Open Source Platform for AI/ML

Speaker: Jorge Palma

AbstractGenerative AI and LLMs get lots of attention, but many of us are still figuring out how to most effectively use AI in our platforms and tooling, while balancing cost and security.  

Deploying open source models on Kubernetes along with your own data keeps you in control, and open source tools, such as the Kubernetes toolchain operator (KAITO), can simplify training and inferencing for open source LLMs. KAITO uses the node autoprovisioning functionality from Karpenter, a Kubernetes subproject, which lets you improve the efficiency and cost of running AI workloads by provisioning GPUs right when you need them.

What can AI do for your platform? You get to decide by choosing the right mix of GPUs and models to meet your specific needs, while staying in control with open source.


KubeCon Sessions with Microsoft Speakers



Date | Time 


Toddy Mladenov (Microsoft)
Ivan Wallis (Venafi), Shuting Zhao (Nirmata)

Enabling the Software Supply Chain Ecosystem with Notary Project

20/3/24 |14:30 – 15:05

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | W02-03

Mo Kahn (Microsoft)
Rob Scott (Google)

Safety or Usability: Why Not Both? Towards Referential Auth in K8s

20/3/24 | 15:25 - 1600

Pavillion 7 | Level 7.1 | Room D 

 Wei Fu (Microsoft)
Akhil Mohan (Independent)

What’s New in Containerd 2.0?

20/3/24 | 15:25 - 16:00

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | E01-02

 Francisco Cabrera (Microsoft)
Angel M De Miguel Meana (VMware)

Strategies for Efficient LLM Deployments in Any Cluster

20/3/24 | 15:25 - 16:00

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.1 | Room F

 Joaquin Rodriguez (Microsoft)
Thiebaud Ernstberger (Independent)

The Art of Kubernetes Add-on Validation: Secure Strategies for the Modern Developer Platform

20/3/24 | 16:30 - 17:05

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.1 | Room A

 Mike Morris (Microsoft)
Flynn (Buoyant)

Tutorial: Configuring Your Service Mesh with Gateway API

21/3/24 | 11:00 - 12:30

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | N01-02

Xander Grzywinski (Microsoft)
Hilliary Lipsig (Red Hat), Ana Margarita Medina (Lightstep), Danielle Lancashire (Fermyon)

Giving and Receiving Professional Feedback 

21/3/24 | 11:55 - 12:30

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | W02-03

Ciprian Hacman (Microsoft)
Justin Santa Barbara (Google) 

Seamless Multi-Cloud Kubernetes: A Practical Guide

21/3/24 | 11:55 - 12:30

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | S05

Suraj Deshmukh (Microsoft)
Pradipta Banerjee (Red Hat)

Fortifying AI Security in Kubernetes with Confidential Containers (CoCo)

21/3/24 | 14:30 - 15:05

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | Paris Room

Ryan Zhang (Microsoft)
Eduardo Arango Gutierrez (NVIDIA)

Introducing ClusterInventory and ClusterFeature API

21/3/24 | 14:30 - 15:05

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.1 | Room B

Hunter Gregory (Microsoft)
Surya Seetharaman & Andrew Stoycos (Red Hat)

Network Policy: The Future of Network Policy with AdminNetworkPolicy

21/3/24 |16:30 - 17:05

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | N03

Xander Grzywinski (Microsoft)
Anders Eknert (Styra)

Open Policy Agent (OPA) Intro & Deep Dive

21/3/24 | 16:30 - 17:05

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | W02-03

Mathieu Tortuyaux (Microsoft)
Timothée Ravier (Red Hat)

Kubernetes Under the Hood: The Benefits of Container Focused OS

21/3/24 | 16:30 - 17:05

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.1 | Room B

Troy Connor

Sarah Christoff

Bundling the Strength of the Community 

21/3/24 16:30 – 18:00

Pavilion 7 |Level 7.3 | W01

Suraj Deshmukh (Microsoft)
Matthew Bates (Stealth Security Startup)

Memory Armor for SPIRE: Fortifying SPIRE with Confidential Containers (CoCo)

21/3/24 | 17:25 - 18:00

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.1 | Room D

Bridget Kromhout

Chris Privitere

Kubernetes is finally Removing in- Tree Cloud Providers

22/3/24 11:55-12:30

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.1 | Room D

Ganeshkumar Ashokavardhanan (Microsoft)
Yifan Yuan (AlibabaCloud)

Scaling up Without Slowing Down: Accelerating Pod Start Time

22/3/24 | 14:00 - 14:35

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | S02

Joaquim Rocha & René Dudfield (Microsoft)

Contribfest: Headlamp K8s UI - Build Your First Plugin, Contribute with Code, Design, or Words

22/3/24 | 14:00 - 15:30

Terminal 7A

Danielle Tal (Microsoft)
Felipe Huici (Unikraft GmbH), Sean McGinnis (AWS), Mauro Morales (Spectro Cloud), Justin Haynes (Google)

Special Purpose Operating Systems: The Next Step in OS Evolution or One-Trick Ponies?

22/3/24 | 16:00 - 16:35

Pavilion 7 | Level 7.3 | S02


Booth Theater Sessions: Wednesday, March 20



Time (CET)

Pavneet Ahluwalia

Running AKS at Scale - Day 0, 1 and 2


Bob Mital, Nginx, & Danny Driscoll (Datadog)

Partner Session


Bryce Soghigian

Karpenter vs. Cluster Autoscaler: In A New Era of Infrastructure Efficiency and Cost Savings

 14:00 – 14:30 

Taylor Brown

Windows containers on AKS


Riya Choudhary, Michael Withrow

Building secure application on AKS Cluster from day 0


Xema Pathak

Full-stack AKS monitoring with Azure Monitor

16:15 – 16:45 

Simone Croome

Hosting stateful workloads in AKS with Azure Container Storage


Olivia Al-Joundi & Ally Ford

Azure Linux for AKS



Booth Theater Sessions: Thursday, March 21




Annie Bubinski,

Vaibhav Arora

Best practices to improve your application reliability


Bob Mital & AI Partners

Partner Session


Ralph Squillace

Understanding and Running WebAssembly in AKS at Carl Zeiss


Anshul Ahuja, Mayank Agarwal

Azure Backup for AKS: Regional Disaster Recovery


Dor Serero 

Chris Kuehl

Tomer Spivak

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Containers' Threat Protection Powered by Inspektor Gadget


Kaysie Yu; Ally Ford

AKS Cost Analysis with GPU workloads



Booth Theater Sessions: Friday, March 22




Carlos Arango Gutierrez

Simplifying Cluster Administration through Automated Node Labels, Taints, and Annotations


Yu Jin Kim

Using Akri to utilize your IoT leaf devices with K8s



We look forward to seeing you in Paris!

- Microsoft Azure team

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